A “money mule” is someone who fraudulently gets payments on behalf of a scammer and transfers the money to them.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — An 81-year-old Kirkwood woman pleaded guilty to identity theft after being accused of acting as a “money mule” for an online romance scammer for more than six years.

Glenda Seim pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of identity theft in connection with a years-long romance scam.

According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Sayler Fleming of the Eastern District of Missouri, a “money mule” is someone who fraudulently gets payments on behalf of a scammer and transfers the money to them.

According to the release, Seim started an online relationship with a man claiming to be a U.S. citizen with business interests in Nigeria. The man would ask her for financial help to pay various fees he said were going to business associates or the Nigerian government. 

In order to do this, Seim started sending him money from her retirement benefits and pension but eventually had to find other ways, according to the release.

It said she started accepting MoneyGram…

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